Pleading the fifth third: W. Michigan burger something to behold

New concession item getting national attention
by Mike Slodki
Think of traditional ballpark food and hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack.

Introducing the tradition-smasher: the Fifth Third Burger.

Housed at the home of Fifth Third Burger, the home of the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps, the burger was unveiled at the start of the 2009 baseball season earlier this month.

Receiving local newspaper coverage and national television coverage, the Fifth Third Burger (weighing “five-thirds of a pound”, or 1.66 pounds) has been the most-talked about addition to the Whitecaps other than former Kaneland lefty Casey Crosby.

Housed within an eight-inch sesame seed bun, the Fifth Third burger consists of five 1/3 pound patties with one cup of chili, five slices of American cheese, salsa, nacho cheese, Fritos, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

Ordered 153 times since the April 9 opener, it has been finished only 20 times.

That’s a batting average of .131.

Ordered four times on Sunday, the burger was successfully conquered by ballpark patron Greg Teasley of Spring Lake, Mich.

“The bread was the most intimidating part, but I got through it in 50 minutes,” Teasley said.

The burger costs $20.